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21 Apr 2018 8:27
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  •   Home > News > Accident and Emergency

    Two survive glider crash in Marlborough

    Two people have survived a dramatic glider crash in a remote Marlborough mountain range with minor injuries.

    Two people have survived a dramatic glider crash in Marlborough with minor injuries.

    The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter said it was able to land a helicopter on a small knoll near the wreckage in the remote Blairich Range, south of Blenheim, on Sunday afternoon.

    The two locals in the glider were taken to Wairau Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

    They used a cellphone to contact emergency services after the crash.

    Their glider suffered a catastrophic wing failure, causing it to spiral about 1500 feet (457m) downwards before hitting a steep slope, the rescue helicopter operator said.

    The combined effect of the spiral and the steep nature of the mountain face appeared to have minimised the severity of the impact, allowing the pair to escape the aircraft with only minor injuries.

    The helicopter operator provided pictures of a glider with one wing down a steep slope.


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